WINNERS: Father-and-son team Nick and Graham Finlay from Pikes Creek won the rabbit warren shoot on Saturday at Cherrabah Sporting Clays.
WINNERS: Father-and-son team Nick and Graham Finlay from Pikes Creek won the rabbit warren shoot on Saturday at Cherrabah Sporting Clays. Contributed

Top shots hit targets at massive shooting weekend

SHOOTING: Cherrabah Sporting Clays conducted a 200 target Sporting Clays event at Cherrabah Resort last weekend.

Twelve squads of shooters braved the windy conditions on Saturday to compete for the first event - a 50 Target Grouse Shoot. Event two was a 50 Target Rabbit Warren.

Club president Max Barton said the clay targets which were shot simulatedrabbits running on the ground and grouse driven overhead.

"Both events were conducted with two-man teams shooting simultaneously,” he said.

"It was very pleasing to see so many father and sons shooting together.”

The overall winning team for the Grouse event was father and son Brendan and Hayden Fletcher, of Old Koreelah with a score of 45/50.

Another father-and-son team, James and Jamie Smith were first in Division 1 with Nicholas Skewes and Richard Freiburg second.

A third father-and-son team, Justin and Ambrose Barton, were equal first in Division 2 with Tom Wockner and Cameron Wilson.

The overall winners of the 50 Target Rabbit Warren was father-and-son team Graham and Nicholas Finlay from Pikes Creek via Stanthorpe with a score of 46/50; next was Justin and Ambrose Barton with 45/50.

Other father-and-son teams to make the trophy table were James and Jamie Smith, Scott and Brady Blinman.

On Sunday, the weather was extremely windy for the inaugural 100 Target Southern Downs Region Sporting Clays Championship but 11 squads battled the conditions to compete. Overall winner was Justin Barton with a creditable score of 94/100.

Grade winners were AA: John Ploger, Bruce Wilson and Scott Blinman, A: Tim Anderson, Clint Kenny and Brendan Auld, B: Betty Fawcett, Joanne Segond Van Banchet and Peter Stein, C: Sam Fittler, Tom Wockner and Julie McNutt. Best Junior: Joshua Dow, Sub Junior: Ambrose Barton, Lady: Naticia Edney. Veterans was won by Greg Newey, a past president of the Warwick Clay Target Club.

Barton said it was great to see so many female shooters with Betty Fawcett, Joanne Segond Van Banchet, Julie McNutt and Naticia Edney all winning trophies. The event was sponsored by Warwick Outdoors and Sport and Southern Downs Regional Council.



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